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Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie is demanding Premier Ball investigate Minister Steve Crocker in light of new evidence the Minister’s officials were ordered in November 2017 to arrange a quick sale of Crown land to the numbered company now leasing land....
Thursday, December 13, 2018

St. John’s, NL (December 13, 2018) – Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie is demanding Premier Ball investigate Minister Steve Crocker in light of new evidence the Minister’s officials were ordered in November 2017 to arrange a quick sale of Crown land to the numbered company now leasing land to Canopy Growth.

Questioned a year later in the House, Crocker denied it.

But Crosbie today released ATIPPed emails of the Minister’s officials showing they were “directed” to do the work with “urgency” just days after:

  • the numbered company was incorporated;
  • Canopy Growth registered a lobbyist; and
  • government officials started drafting a contract for Canopy Growth.

 

The emails explicitly contradict information the Minister provided to the House.

“If I were Premier, I would have great concern about a Minister being in my Cabinet who is either misleading the House or utterly incompetent,” said Crosbie.

“No one seeing these documents should have any doubt about the need to call in the Auditor General to investigate the Ball government’s dealings with Canopy Growth and the numbered company.  Everything about this stinks,” he said.

Mr. Crosbie will scrum with reporters in the lobby of Confederation Building at 3:00 PM.

 

Contacts:
Bradley Russell
Director of Policy and Research
(p) 1.709.729.3668
(c) 1.709.685.3161
BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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Attached are the ATIPPed documents and a summary of key points.

 

ATIPPA Documents

Summary of Key Points
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